Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Woke up this morning in||
Woke up this morning in Armenia to see the final score and read what happened between the fumble and missed batted ball call. All I could do was
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Fox Sports Go has been awful||
It kept rewinding and also skipped plays altogether to get caught up to the live action. I missed a sack and a Chesson 1st down conversion catch. Really disappointed.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Did I miss it, or is Canteen||
Did I miss it, or is Canteen not listed at all?
All the "OR" spots are listed in alphabetical order btw...when I saw Morris' name first I raised an eyebrow, but then went down the chart and saw how they were ordered.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Well, we know what Average Joe's can do...||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The injury happened hours||
The injury happened hours before our draft. My veteran money league (which a bunch of us former SITES Fishbowl computer consultants started while in undergrad and has continued to this day) usually drafts after the third week of preseason. Not sure why it got moved up this year as it was out of my hands. That all said: I was able to get Davante Adams, so that should be helpful.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'm slightly disappointed||
I'm slightly disappointed with Sark: I expected him to drop an Armenian f-bomb or two when I first heard about his rant. There are plenty of USC Armenian alumni who probably would have loved that.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It helps to have contacts||
It helps to have contacts with Comcast accounts back home aka family (and a VPN as well).
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||It's been a hot zone in terms||
It's been a hot zone in terms of the weather being consistently above 100 degrees every day this summer, but in terms of the regional/global level, it's pretty calm and not near any of the crap going on in the rest of the Middle East (lots of Syrian-Armenians though are fleeing and setting up shop in Armenia). There was that Electric Yerevan protest, but that died down. Plenty of Michigan alumni/supporters here too.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Armenia||
Setting the alarm for 4 a.m. Friday for the 4:30 a.m. kickoff. Yerevan's 8 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone. Thankfully the noon kickoffs for UNLV and Oregon State means an 8 p.m. viewing time here in Yerevan. But likely going to do the 4 a.m. wake-up call for the Maryland game again. Hoping for a noon or 3:30 kickoff for BYU.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||I didn't know UM provided a||
I didn't know UM provided a VPN. I'll have to look into that.
I've been using Private Internet Access for my VPN when I came to Armenia earlier this year. Works great (also highly recommend if you want to see what Netflix streams in different countries). I'll be using it (along with connecting to my brother's Comcast account) to watch the first month-plus of the season here before I head back to the States.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||All we're going to hear from||
All we're going to hear from this team over the next few weeks is one ping only.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Downer summer for diehard Lions fans||
Charlie Sanders and Mel Farr gone...ugh.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||A good friend of mine||
A good friend of mine (Michigan alum...all of us guys in the wedding party were Michigan alums) got married in LA the day of the 2010 Michigan-MSU game. During a break in the pre-wedding Armenian traditions at the bride's house, we all whipped out our cell phones to check out the score and get updates. At a certain point, we realized it wasn't worth checking the score anymore.
Also had a wedding the day of the UTL game in 2011 in Dallas. The two who got married were Maryland and North Texas alums though--was able to catch the last 2 minutes of the game at the hotel bar.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Two I can think of...||
2007 Ohio State: The offense never showed up and neither did the offensive line at the point of attack.
I almost lost it at the Michigan bar in DC at the end of the game. Plus, it was the end of a season that saw The Horror and Oregon--Carr's unfortunate sunset, so a lot of frustration came out.
2014 Minnesota: Concussion-gate. When I watch games on TV with friends, I'm OK. When I watch by myself...I'm yelling and screaming. A lot of yelling and screaming, a lot of pounding the coffee table, happened that game. The fact that nobody on that staff could figure out Morris had a concussion or even attempted to take his helmet away was unconscionable.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Went to the Maryland-MSU game last year||
My buddies (MSU grads) and I first thought about taking Metro from Northern Virginia, but we knew between construction and just the system's complete unreliability that it could take us almost 2 hours to get back late at night. That said, if you want to take Metro, UMD has shuttle busses that will take you to campus and drop you off near the stadium (or wherever you may are tailgating).
What my friends did was drive to the College Park Metro stop, parked there (it's free on the weekends), and took the shuttle bus to campus. We ended up walking back to the Metro station from campus after the game, which ended up being a 30-minute walk (but doable).
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Just my opinion but...||
I'd love it if the university seal came back on the shoulders. They were worn on the jersey during my undergrad years. Unfortunately, the complete de-emphasis of the seal across the university pretty much means that won't happen. Note: I was not a fan of the "shiny" maize jersey options during those years (nor the use of the Colorado Avalanche lettering/numbering). But definitely bring back the script Michigan.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks...I was a big BB fan||
Thanks...I was a big BB fan growing up watching the local Detroit channels for news. I was fairly bummed when he got canned in January 1995, but it was understandable--he just couldn't control the drinking habit. When WXYZ put the compilation of best commentaries out and the one with him railing against college football and Michigan-OSU...until the twist at the end, it was worth making that an avatar haha.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||One of my favorites...love the scene when they're||
One of my favorites...love the scene when they're watching the Michigan vs MSU game and Bo makes a cameo appearance on the TV screen.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I was at the Yerevan Republic||
I was at the Yerevan Republic Square (aka their ancestral Armenia homecoming) concert back on April 23 and SOAD absolutely rocked. They still have it. If the set list is anything similar to their European tour, it will be most of the stuff off their previous albums...plus a couple covers of some patriotic Armenian songs and a 3-4 part political cartoon on genocide (which is why they're doing the tour first place).
|25 weeks 1 day ago||McHenry lost her cool, no||
McHenry lost her cool, no question.
But that towing company, Advanced Towing, in Arlington (VA), is notorious for predatory towing and I'd go far as to say they're one of the most unscrupulous companies on the planet. This article says that she may have been rightfully parked when she was towed. That said, she lost her cool and definitely should have known better and could have handled it better since now Advanced Towing likely gets away scot free. The fact she continued her tirade after looking up at the security camera was a facepalm moment if there ever was one.
I know a few people that got towed by Advanced and shouldn't have, but they don't give a damn. They want your money any which way they can.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I'm watching the Runnin'||
I'm watching the Runnin' Rebels HBO documentary right now and I didn't realize Tark and Smith coached against each other in the 1977 Final Four. Both now gone. Sad day for basketball and my fellow Armenian-Americans who really looked up to Tark (and Tark was proud of his Armenian roots).
|35 weeks 2 days ago||This||
In the interest of full disclosure (even in the danger of getting flogged on this forum): I used to work at USA TODAY in the sports department (my boss was an ex-Daily editor who initially wrote "Go Blue!" when he responded to my CV/resume for that gig). In fact, at one point there were quite a few ex-Michigan Daily writers/editors employed by the paper. If I were still there, I probably would have had to publish this article since I used to work with the college sports desk.
The National sports media won't delve deep into this stuff--they only write what they can see. Like a few others have mentioned, they won't think about what the future may hold. Only that "Michigan lost out on Clark and Marshall...UCLA grabbed a whole bunch of highly-ranked players...etc." It's very superficial and I'm not a big fan of it either. But like stated before: It's all clickbait to rile up the fanbases. We know better--Harbaugh can develop these guys to play like studs. That's all there is to it.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||SI also put Michigan in the loser column||
Sports Illustrated put Michigan in the loser column as well.
Let's be honest: We won't know if we're a "winner" or "loser" for another 2-3 years when this class develops and shakes out. So I take these recaps with a grain of salt just like the NFL draft grades that come out one day after that's all said and done.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Jim Harbaugh will flip these recruits for real||
He'll flip ya for real
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Legend of Dave Bergman video embed|
|37 weeks 23 hours ago||I feel like the Josh Smith||
I feel like the Josh Smith signing happened because of Gores' "win now" ultimatum and the fact that Dumars had the money to spend. It was a poor signing.
Darko was high on many draft boards that year and, yes, history shows that was an awful pick. But let's not forget Darko was also a primadonna who let all the hype get to his head. That hype let him think he had the right to play regular minutes each game from the start of the season. When he didn't get regular playing time under Larry Brown (another factor you have to throw in because Brown wanted Darko to play more a traditional post game instead of the inside-outside shooting big-man Euro style Darko was used to on top of the fact this was an NBA Finals bound team with a strong, tight starting nucleus already forged), he sulked. The sulking affected his attitude which affected everything else. He was talented--perhaps not at a No. 2 pick level--but it's not like the guy didn't know how to play hoops. He had a crappy attitude.
I mean...look at his choice remarks after this EuroBasket game in 2007 that didn't go Serbia's way. Talented kid, horrible mindset.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Here's the link to his||
Here's the link to his Youngstown State coaching bio.
There's also a "mic'd up" video on the bio...embedded below.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Minnick on Harbaugh from Dec. 2011||
This is from December 2011 from the 49ers' "Harbaugh Interviews" ... some very cool Harbaugh anecdotes if you click on the link.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||My best explanation of what went wrong||
In case anyone cares, I talked to a former colleague of mine from a "sister" paper of the Freep. (Full disclosure: I worked at a Gannett paper for five years on the online sports desk with at least one other Michigan alum--it was NOT the Freep).
He said that Gannett, the parent company, has been centralizing page/photo/copy editing at regional "design centers" for the local papers they own (Freep, Indy Star, Louisville, Arizona Republic, etc) except for USA Today.
So it's quite possible somone not in Detroit AND not well-versed in sports (which the latter has to be the case IMHO) picked the faux photo and edited the page. It's still a massive failure and ultimately falls on the Freep editors for not getting it right, but this is another sign of the downfall of the old-school newspaper business: Local papers that aren't produced locally for the sake of corporate economic efficiency.
|44 weeks 23 hours ago||Not only that...last I||
Not only that...last I checked, you can actually run the ball out of the spread and pistol and any other spread type of offense. Heck, we ran the ball pretty well in the 2008 Capital One Bowl game vs. Florida when we went to that spread-style design for that lone day.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||I hate to say it but this game could very well be||
I hate to say it but this game could very well be M00N II: The M00M.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||I believe it was mentioned in||
I believe it was mentioned in Three and Out that Bill Martin had Dungy on his initial wish list. The man is not coaching football again, period.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||My post on Diggs went up probably the same time as this one||
Here's a link to a Baltimore Sun article that details what happened. I hope he gets well soon.
|48 weeks 12 hours ago||Go Back to the future for bowl sponsors||
Bring back USF&G for the Sugar, Sunkist for the Fiesta and Federal Express for the Orange.
|49 weeks 22 hours ago||NY beers||
In Manhattan to run the NYC marathon Sunday ... First beer was St. Lawrence Liquid Gold, now on the Kuka a Pumpkin Dubbel.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Re Harbaugh being viable||
I think he is based on other track records. UCLA hired Jim L. Mora in 2012 and he had last coached college in 1984 as a GA at Washington and obviously was never a college coordinator. It's worked out OK for them so far.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Before Jaws...he was Kanamit||
In the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man" ... and yes, it's still a cookbook.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I'll let the gif do my venting.||
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Olympic Stadium||
Montreal's Olympic Stadium back when the Expos were around. Went to a game there in 2002. The seats were awful and you could just tell the ballpark was awkwardly converted for baseball...Not to mention the issues they had with the roof for years and the financial boondoggle it was for Montreal, among other things.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I would rather have been in Armenia doing what you||
I would rather have been in Armenia doing what you were doing (and visiting the motherland in the process) then watching the game at the Michigan bar in NYC. When you get sympathy from random Miami (YTM) fans in Manhattan ... It's bad.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Usually I don't believe in||
Usually I don't believe in coincidences, but this for this purpose it is...especially since I didn't make the connection that Bo indeed looks like Clancy here. I love those photos of Bo wearing those sunglasses in the 80s. Heck, I wish I owned a pair.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||"This business will get out of control"||
Although I was in diapers, this has shades of 1983 with the Korean Air disaster where the Soviets shot down the airliner after it strayed into Russian air space, killing everyone on board.
That all said, my only comment for this disaster can be summed up by Admiral Josh Painter from The Hunt for Red October.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Decommitment announcement on video||
Campbell spoke with WXYZ in an exclusive interview...2:16 is the decommitment admission. Video link is here.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||The Art of Film||
FilmVid 236 (In what is now the Screen Studies Program but was previously the Program in Flm and Video Studies) taught by Hugh Cohen. Yes, we watched movies...lots of them--especially Martin Scorsese films since his films were the focus of the class that semester. I decided to major in Film and Video Studies after taking it. Films watched included Chinatown, GoodFellas, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Mean Streets, Cape Fear (1991), Annie Hall and Terminator 2, among others. We were supposed to watch High Noon the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, but that was cancelled for obvious reasons.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||No other way to say it: That||
No other way to say it: That sucked. This team needs to take a long good look in the mirror.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Nice to see a Troy native||
Nice to see a Troy native (even if he went to Athens) back on the Michigan roster.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||You got me.||
Meant McGary. Anger + forum post venting = name mishaps.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||That nickel/dime foul call on||
That nickel/dime foul call on McGrady pretty much sealed the game for Arizona. That leaves a more bitter taste in my mouth than blowing an 11-point lead because it's not like the team completely imploded at any one point of the game.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Not sure about the student wait list||
But there are always tickets being sold all the time. I will say the best bet for now in terms of buying football tickets (and probably basketball tickets at this point in time) is to check out the message boards, Craig's List, etc., and put out feelers to friends. Tickets always turn up so I don't think it should be a problem for you--even in the student section's brave new world.
Congrats on getting into Michigan Law...Go Blue (and Hoya Saxa from here on the Hilltop).
|2 years 10 weeks ago||I hope it won't take that||
I hope it won't take that long to find a spot, renovate and re-open. In the meantime, I'm thankful I can get one last triple or quad when I'm back in town visiting this weekend.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Jack approves of BBQ Commitapalooza||
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Matt Godin also tweeted this photo out||
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I was part of the graduation||
I was part of the graduation class that heard David Davis speak (2004) and I thought he was fantastic. No one had heard of this guy and he came out being pretty funny and not condescending at all. While he did talk about his experiences (the man lost half his face in a race car accident!), he did point on the key fact that we should live our lives and take other calculated risks while we can. Heck, he even called out a graduate by name because of his angry Michigan Daily letter to the editor griping how Michigan State got Condoleeza Rice as its speaker and Michigan got a no-namer guy. And he ended the speech with the "If you want God to laugh, tell him your plans for the future" quote. He got a long, loud ovation for that speech, so I think it was pretty darn good.
Now the student speaker that year on the other hand was awful. My friends and I were rolling our eyes and tuning her out after about the first three minutes. All she did was talk about discovering herself and had zero message for her fellow graduates.
My one brother had Bill Clinton in 2007 and he was fantastic. My father is not his biggest fan but admitted it was a pretty darn good speech and liked what he had to say.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Writes for GoBlueWolverine.||
Writes for GoBlueWolverine. Here's his twitter page.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||That did it for me as well||
I have not watched the NBA on a regular basis since that farce of a series. I root for the Pistons and all but I just don't follow as closely as I did years ago.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Sadly, he still has another gig going||
Thanks a lot, WDIV (at least it's buried on their website). Click at your own peril.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Here's why not||
Villanova did win an FCS title a couple years ago, so they're not that bad, but sure as heck wouldn't be anywhere near bowl-worthy competition in FBS. Also: Their stadium seats only 12,000.
Georgetown? They have the smallest D-I football stadium in the country (seats 2,500!) and football has been an afterthought there for a long while (last year was the Hoyas first season finishing above .500 in who knows how long). Also: They don't give away football scholarships as members of the Patriot League. So there's that too.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||True||
But when stuff like this comes out, it's very frustrating. It also speaks to Bill Martin moreso than anything.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Sirius XM audio||
I remember this going down my freshman year at Michigan.
"I tried to call the A.D. at Michigan between 12 and 1. I had a false name. I would give him a fake name and he would call me back. I couldn’t get a hold of him because he was playing squash. The secretary said he demands that he doesn’t get interrupted unless it’s an emergency and if you want you can leave a voicemail. I left a voicemail and went to Louisville and I’m really happy I did."
|3 years 1 day ago||I assume Bates would want it||
I assume Bates would want it that way if a home-and-home is discussed and comes to fruition. My guess is Brandon would try to jazz it up by having it at an NFL stadium or Fenway. But as I write this, I'm now remembering that UMass is playing 4 home games per season over the next few years at Gillette. So maybe Gillette won't happen anyways.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||9/2/2000||
My first game at The Big House was also my first game ever as a student: vs. Bowling Green. A nice little blowout.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Easily one of the top three||
Easily one of the top three games I've watched live at Michigan Stadium (Ohio State '03 and '11 are the other two). I really thought Braylon's dropped pass was incomplete--the ending was just stunning.
BTW, here's the embedded highlights
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I'm partial to Beverly Hills Cop II||
Especially the intro, with Eddie Murphy driving through the streets of Detroit in a Ferrari while Bob Seger rocks out.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Watching Team 133 rush the||
Watching Team 133 rush the field and touching the banner at Cowboys Stadium to a "canned" version of The Victors before this game is just wrong.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Unreal.||
Quite simply put: A Michigan football Saturday without the Michigan Marching band is sacreligious. And in this case, it's purely unacceptable. The money is there and it's Labor Day weekend.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Funny but untimely||
The sign was funny but the Sugar Bowl was not the place to flaunt it, especially in the middle of a tight game. I know I didn't need another hypocratic "pride comes before the fall" coming from the mouth of Dantonio in case our luck ran out, which thankfully it didn't.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||1-800-Reality||
It doesn't sound like Joe Amendola knew what 1-800-REALITY is really about when he made that reference. Personally, Sandusky needs a new lawyer (not that I think it'll help him that much the way things are going).
|3 years 43 weeks ago||So when is Joe Dumars going||
So when is Joe Dumars going to announce the return of teal jerseys?
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Bottom line to recruits from the coaches||
If you are interested in Michigan, you better walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Cliche, I know, but it's obviously the rule now based off this and Pharoh Brown's visit to Oregon.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Good luck to them||
Those are Rodriguez's core guys, even if Gibson is a fail of a secondary coach. Best of luck in the desert.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I remember him from his NFL days||
Chester McGlockton was a force on the Raiders and Chiefs D-lines in the 90s and a four-time Pro Bowler. I had no clue he was an assistant at Stanford until I saw the news of his passing. Very sad and too young at 42.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Fouls, assists and free throws.||
We shot better than UVA (44% to 41.5%) but fouls killed us looking at the stats (20 for us, 12 for UVA). UVA: 17-22 for free throws while we were only 4-7. That pretty much is your difference maker. Also got outrebounded and they doubled us on assists.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Pretty sure these shows are taped way in advance||
But it's cool timing nontheless. Cue the conspiracy thoeries from Ohio in 3...2...1...
|3 years 45 weeks ago||One of my Marine Corps||
One of my Marine Corps Marathon running buddies is a Buckeye and he basically had a "shrugged shoulders" reaction to the loss and is hoping for the best with Urban Meyer.
At the game, the guy standing to my left was a Buckeye but was very gracious/tolerant/not an a-hole since he was at the game with a Michigan friend. He even admitted to me that Fitz's TD should have counted. The only annoying Buckeye within earshot of me was this cute but obnoxious blonde in the next row yelling "LET'S GO BUCKS!" at every chance she could get. People were telling her to shut up vociferously in the second half. At the end of the game, she got into it verbally with a Michigan fan sitting right behind her.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Fans who were at the game did||
Fans who were at the game did not see the replay of the stomp because the stadium TV never showed it, according to my friends who went. The first time they saw it was after we ate Thanksgiving dinner and were watching the Ravens-Niners pregame. Their reaction pretty much was "yeah, that's not good."
I want to give Suh the benefit of the doubt, but Schwartz must have a heart-to-heart talk with the guy. I don't doubt Suh is a good dude, but maybe like some actors get lost in their roles or cops get too deep in their cover, perhaps Suh has blurred the line between his off and on the field personas. It sounds crazy, but it can happen. Let's not foget that Suh is no Larry Harrison or Albert Haynesworth, who I both think are not the greatest human beings in the world when compared to Suh (Harrison insulted the commish in a magazine article whereas Suh actually asked for a meeting...Haynesworth actually caused bodily harm when he stomped on a guy's head).
Leads me to one last thing: The media guys, especially the ex-NFL types, are a bunch of fricking hypocrites when it comes to Suh.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Yep.||
I find it interesting that the refs have not called anything since Suh got ejected. His ejection was right and he'll probably get suspended, but as a Lions fan, I agree that this officiating has been pure garbage. If this crew ends up doing the Super Bowl, it's going to be a crapfest.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||So am I an idiot too then?||
So am I an idiot too then? Must be since I rushed the field and somehow managed to get a master's degree from an Ivy League school in addition to my Michigan bachelor's.
Have a drink, calm down, get off the internets and just enjoy the game on Saturday instead of playing brother's keeper. One thing I've learned in life: You can't control everything.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Forgot about the dropoff. It||
Forgot about the dropoff. It is indeed a steep jump from the last row onto the field, but just as bad is trying to get back into the stands--that was a helluva climb to make and I think I hurt myself more on that in '03 than the jump.
In 2003, no one got pepper sprayed from what I remember. There were a few on-field folks trying to stop people by putting their arms out but that was pretty much futile. A bunch of officials stood around the goal posts to make sure the students rushing didn't try to take those down, which no one bothered attempting to do. Everyone pretty much ran to midfield to soak it all in.
One thing I have noticed this year is more on-field security watching the stands during time outs...I wonder if they will be more proactive about stopping people when/if people rush.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I did it in 2003||
Emails went around to students saying to rush the field after if we beat them because then it would clinch the Big 10 and the Rose Bowl berth for the first time since '97. We won...and we haven't beaten those guys since. That was my last year at Michigan as an undergraduate. If we win, I won't mind seeing the students rush the field (I'll be at the game but sitting in the old folks seats). It may look odd and get some raised eyebrows across the country for beating a blah Ohio team, but after 8 years of frustration it'll feel good. Let the new generation do what they will.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||The fans were indeed nice. In||
The fans were indeed nice. In my section, none of them were vocal toward the Michigan fans and basically minded their own business pretty well.
With regard to the Michigan Marching Band halftime performance: I thought it was by far the WORST one I've ever seen in my 11 years of attending Michigan games. Just awful. I can't blame the Nebraska fans for complaining about that. I usually enjoy them but this was just painful.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||More obligatory Bo pointing.||
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I think this took a couple of takes to get it right||
Looks to me as if Hoke was about to crack up laughing in the beginning there. I'll be in my seat at 11:45 sharp. Hoping for a great start to Thanksgiving week back in the Mitten.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||There's an article out already...||
Detroit News says he's got a preliminary hearing set for Wednesday.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||2001||
I was out for most of the day and came back in time for the fourth quarter. I almost punched a hole in my parents' house when Michigan State scored the winning touchdown.
I will say that 1990 was pivotal for me because that's what made me a Michigan fan for life. After that game, my dad gleefully said he was happy Michigan lost, that he rooted for MSU (he got a certificate from one of their satellite managment education centers--not exactly legit, but in his mind it was), and that he was never a fan of Bo (although he was retired by this point). So what does a good son do? Root for the team Dad despises. I'd it's paid off well the past 20+ years.
|4 years 5 days ago||Yeah, looks like it.||
It's one thing to be upset over a relationship that eneded poorly, whether it's being cheated on or something else. But to hack someone's personal twitter account or email or whatever as revenge is crossing the line.
|4 years 1 week ago||I loved the dual-QB||
I loved the dual-QB formation, especially at the 3:07 mark. That play looks like the "Clubbin' secret team play I use whenever I played NFL Blitz 2000.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Thanks for posting this...||
I was hoping someone would make a .gif out of it...this was classic.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Absolutely...||
Only thing is not sure how to PM you guys on this board unless you're on twitter and can DM me your emails and we'll go from there.
I should add that they send Valenti home after the first hour because he sounded like he got kicked in the family jewels the way his voice got strung out with the yelling. And yes, he was crying at one point too.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||The slow meltdown was priceless...||
I have the entire rant (and show, complete with commercials) on my computer and love listening to it when it's ND-MSU week. My two favorite parts are when his producer comes on and tries to get Valenti to change topics and talk about the good time he had with his dad at the game, in which Valenti tells him to shut up. The other favorite clip is about the 42-minute mark when Terry Foster just loses it and starts screaming and berating him for rooting for MSU even though the Spartans break his heart every time. Foster finally gets control of his senses and goes "Jesus Christ, now I'm acting like you!"
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Great game footage and they||
Great game footage and they absolutely lucked out by being right by Roundtree when he caught the game-winning touchdown.
I feel the one thing that was missing after watching this: Postgame Rocket Ismail with sad face.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||My thoughts exactly||
First thought that popped into my head when seeing this abominations: Michigan's playing Baylor?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||I agree it is all speculation||
I agree it is all speculation until the investigation is completed on what caused the crash. Personally, however, you could not pay me to fly on an Ilyushin, Yak, Tupelov or any other Soviet-era plane if I was traveling in that part of the world. Those aircraft have been poorly maintained over the years.
In two years, there have been three crashes involving Soviet-era planes. One of them killed the president of Poland and a high-ranking delegation from the country. Now we have an entire hockey team wiped out.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Had to do it...||
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Horrible||
Hockey and the NHL has endured so much this offseason with the suicides and deaths of Belak and the others and now this happens. I can't remember a worse offseason for the sport, excluding labor-related stuff. Keeping the players and their families in my thoughts and prayers.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Just awful||
I started reading Kowalski's reports and writings during my freshman year in Ann Arbor and haven't stopped since. His radio interviews on WDFN were priceless--I always looked forward to listening to those.
This is a huge loss for Lions fans and sports journalists. This guy was the textbook beat reporter and not one of those cookie-cutter guys that didn't do the work. He busted his butt to get the job done and even better: He interacted with the fans in chats, forums (yeah, the mlive.com Lions forum) and now on Twitter. A lot of national beat writers could take a page from Killer...RIP.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Yeah...||
I also forgot to mention that Moeller and Carr continued with that tradition of having the same Friday night meal and the cookie delivery at night. Hoke's bringing it all back it seems.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||The traditional Friday night dinner||
Bo's Friday night dinner consisted of clam chowder, salad, steak, baked potato and a couple other things that I can't remember off the top of my head (I don't have any of the Bo books in front of me). Guys also used to get a chocolate chip cookie before bedtime.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Congrats to Brian!||
I mostly remember Brian as a high school senior who could care less about gnat-like freshmen (like me) on the quiz bowl team. He probably still doesn't give a damn about gnat-like, sub-100 point posters (like me) but that won't prevent me from wishing him congratulations and nothing but the best in marriage, life and -- hopefully from here on out -- Michigan football. Godspeed and Go Blue!
|4 years 16 weeks ago||I had totally forgotten Kampfer was on the Bruins||
When I saw him lifting the Cup, I was ecstatic. I guess I was used to seeing Matt Hunwick in a Bruins jersey on a consistent basis before he got shipped off to Colorado during the season. If not for the trade, we'd have two Michigan men lifting Lord Stanley's Cup.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Looks like UMHoops still looking for confirmation||
EDIT: Beaten to the punch by MGoChippewa
SECOND EDIT: Michigan Hoops taking a page out of football's playbook for recruiting in pairs.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Brandon also did the ND survey in DC||
The majority raised their hands in favor of keeping Notre Dame instead of a home-and-home with a USC/Texas/big-name conference school type. I wouldn't mind a two-year break in the Notre Dame series. Michigan didn't play the Irish in my first two years in Ann Arbor (2000 and 2001) and I was OK with that. I'll leave it up to Brandon, Hoke and the athletic department to figure it out.
I personally wouldn't mind seeing a home-and-home with Maryland or Virginia so the DC alumni (like me) can get out to a game locally. I also miss the BC beatdowns of the 90s. I'd drive up to Boston for one of those.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Well...||
Definitely a shocker and a nasty surprise for Ohio. But for us, remember this: We don't play Wisconsin for the next four years unless it's the B1G championship game.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Just remembered...||
The last question asked at the DC alumni recpetion Q & A was by a young lady who is a U.S. Army vet. She inquired as to whether Hoke would be going overseas like some other college coaches have done to support our troops. Hoke said he was actually offered a late invite by Air Force's coach to go this week, but obviously plans to come out to the East Coast for the alumni events were already made. But Hoke said he's definitely interested and planning on going overseas to support the troops. And of course, he, Brandon and the coaches thanked the lady for her service to our country and she rightfully got a round of applause.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||The neutral site game||
It was my follow up to asking about whether the neutral-site game was just a one-time thing. I think with the Big House, Brandon said that once a substanial waiting list is built up, they're going to try and enclose one of the stadium's ends so it's at the same level of the suite/press box towers.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Other questions asked that the video missed||
Other questions asked that weren't in the video included that I can recall:
--Helmet stickers, which we all know by now is "no."
--Darryl Stonum's status, which was promptly shot down by Brandon and Hoke, saying they would not discuss an individual player's status on the team).
--Will wee see more games like the Alabama game in Dallas next year. I asked this and got the answer I figured Brandon would say that it's a one-off deal and they're not looking to play neutral site games, which is legit because we have the Big House and want to host as many games there as possible. I followed up with asking about "we'll have tickets right?" and he didn't bite on that, saying "tickets are always an issue" and it got a laugh.
I want to say someone asked about Maui, but don't remember the context.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||More on the Kicker question||
That was a lighthearted moment during the Q & A. A kid wearing a Michigan helmet and sitting on his dad's shoulders asked the question and of course it got a lot of laugher and applause. I can't remember what Hoke and Brandon said because it a very humourous moment.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Same thing occurred with me...||
Regarding Berenson's comment about the goal to win national championships. Those of us that have watched Brady Hoke's introductory presser (probably all of us) remembers his interaction with a columnist whose name I will not mention because he's an insult to journalism. But if you think about it: In football, you do have to win the conference title to have a shot at the national title. In college hockey, you don't have to win the conference championship to make it to the Frozen Four and win it all. It all depends on the system in place for the sport.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||I don't have enough points to start a thread||
But I was at the event as well and I thought it went well. DB, Hoke, Berenson and Beilein spoke well and the only time DB and Hoke shot someone down in the Q/A session was when somebody asked about Stonum's status--they weren't going down that path.
Personal note: Brandon was very patient with me as my camera malfunction and let me come back once I got it fixed to take a quick photo. Very impressed with all of them--our athletics are in good hands
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Doh...||
I really hope he announces tomorrow for a recruiting birthday present. And if he does announce tomorrow, maybe he can hold up this jersey (because it's the only day he can do it).
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Wayne Morgan committing tomorrow...||
Would be a nice birthday present for me (considering it has not been the best birthday week). The creme' de la creme' of this recruiting class, however, will be the trench players. Once those guys start falling into place and commit, we're gonna have some future brick walls and behemoths dominating in due time.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||I will be at the DC event||
I couldn't make it a couple years ago when Rodriguez, Berenson and Beilein showed up to DC (stupid working nights with different days off). Now that I have a normal life and work schedule (i.e. not working weekend days/nights), I can look forward to this.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Umm...||
I just clicked on it and it looks like they did change it over to the new Block M.
I'm also glad they changed it over. The "split M" just never looked right to me.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Too Damn Young.||
Here's a story with some details on Box's passing.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sooners...22 is too damn young.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||TomVH stands by his report||
TomVH tweeted this at 3:13 p.m.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||As a Troy Native...||
You really cannot go wrong with what most people have said. I'm a little biased toward Troy since I am a product of that city's public education system (as is Brian of MGoBlog might I add). Despite all that's happened with Michigan, Troy's education system seems to keep steady with great teachers and schools. Also, the commute from Troy/Birmingham/Beverly Hills to Southfield is not that bad at all.
Oh yeah, Troy High is also one of the top feeder schools to Michigan (No. 3 overall in both admitted and matriculated students.) Can't beat that if you want to have future Wolverines in the family. No. 1 and 2 are the Ann Arbor high schools, Pioneer and Huron.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||About bloody time.||
I had a feeling the Lions would get a prime-time game this year, but thought maybe a Thursday night road trip to Chicago or New Orleans. I'll take a Monday Night game at Ford Field vs. the Bears. I can finally see what a packed, loud, raucous Ford Field sounds like on TV when they're cheering a decent team instead of jeering a craptastic franchise.
Unfortunately, Matt Millen will likely be there too as part of the ESPN pre-game hooplah.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Dad liked Sparty...so I rebelled||
I was alwasy cognizant Michigan had a good football team when I was younger (and the Block M had a certain mystique that captivated me), but it was the 1989 season when I started to discover I bled Maize and Blue. I was in second grade that year and the week of the Michigan-Michigan State game, kids wore shirts to sport their loyalties (as did some teachers). I told my Dad one of those days that week what was going on and if he had any loyalty and he said he liked Michigan State and he DISLIKED BO because he thought he was arrogant. That did it for me--whenever I saw Bo on TV, I thought of him as the hardened grandfather type that may discipline you hard, but would love you to death. How can you hate Bo? So it was from that day forward I rooted for Michigan. 1990 was rough because my dad rubbed it in after the missed Sparty tripping penalty, but 1991 (which was the first full season I can remember watching MIchigan football) was just a blast watching Desmond Howard.
Eventually, my dad relented since my two younger brothers and I all have degrees from Ann Arbor. And I also have told me dad that if he ever met Bo, his dislike for him would probably disappear within 30 seconds.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Happy Brabbs will be there||
Nice to Phil Brabbs on the roster considering everything he's going through right now with his Multiple Myeloma battle.
Also: Mercury Hayes is one of those names where I wonder "whatever happened to him??" Good to see him coming back. Also happy to see Biakabutuka returning as well.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Very true...||
Although I think WMATA (DC's Metro transit authority for those not familiar with the Beltway lingo) will cut service to match the reduced ridership during a shutdown. I wouldn't be surprised if I had to wait a half-hour for a train on Saturday.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Was on the fence about going||
But if DB is there, I may go. I haven't been able to go to the past Congressional Breakfasts because of my previously ridiculous vampire-like work schedule. Now that I have sane hours, might as well make my way there.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Hoke says he'll be fine and I concur||
This quote from Hoke last week during a news conference, which I think was overlooked by many, said it all.
"It's the same offense he ran in high school"
One would think if Denard is running an offense he's familiar with, he'd be OK. At least that's what common sense would dictate.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||True.||
I agree on that point. Davis' speech for really stood out in my mind and I remember it well considering the "student controversy" and his detailed descriptions of his life story. I guess that puts me in the minority for that category.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||I'm fine with this||
As long as Gov. Snyder doesn't say anything stupid or ridiculously controversial and doesn't bore the crowd to sleep (unlike that Xerox guy a few years ago from what I heard from some friends), it's a fine choice for a commencement speaker.
But just to note: Big names don't necessarily mean great speeches.
I lucked out with my commencement speaker, although he was a no-name: David E. Davis the founder of Automobile Magazine. It actually fit me since I ended up going to grad school for journalism a few months later (if only I knew the industry would be in trouble a few years later), but a lot of people were not happy with the selection since I believe Condoleezza Rice was talking at MSU. This guy, though, gave a helluva speech and even called out one particular student who wrote an angry letter to the Michigan Daily questioning the guy's credentials to speak at our commencement. What made Davis great was his life anecdotes, especially how he almost died in a race car accident at 25 and needed extensive surgery to fix his disfigured face. The guy got a standing ovation at the end. His speech's ending was great, ending it with the quote (I think he cited Robert Altman on this): "If you want God to laugh, tell him your plans."
EDIT: Davis spoke at the 2004 Spring Commencement in case anyone was wondering...
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Amazing.||
I watched Bonnie and Clyde twice in Film and Video Studies (now known as Screen Studies) classes, once in The Art of Film with Hugh Cohen (FILMVID 236 for those who remember/care) and again in Film Theory and Criticism (FILMVID 414). This .gif only heightens my appreciation of the film.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Stomach is growling.||
Paczki Day is one of the few things I miss about living in the Detroit area. I'm sure if I walked into a bakery in the DC area today and asked for one, I'd get some raised eyebrows and strange looks.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Mr. D had a say in Carlisle/Brown firings||
William Davidson had a big say in the firings of Brown and Carlisle and I'm pretty sure Joe Dumars had to go along with it. I remember reading that Carlisle had gotten into some heated arguments with longtime Palace staff and it turned Davidson off.
As for Larry Brown, I remember watching a TV interview with Davidson where he basically said he was pissed off at the way Brown handled the entire rumors that he was going to Cleveland and/or New York during that postseason. Bill Davidson was an owner who demanded loyalty and with Brown not quashing those rumors, he had enough with him.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||William Campbell part deux?||
I only bring that up since this has a similar storyline...although this Dee Hart drama could in fact be legit (I don't have exclusive forum subscriptions so until the man comes out and says it, it's a rumor in my book). Regardless of this rumor/innuendo that's come to light tonight, we all know this negativity's affect on our fan base can be nicely summed up by this:
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Rooting for Ishpeming||
It's nothing against Hudson, but I want to see a UP team win a championship. They started out pretty good until the second-quarter turnover.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Caught the end of the first game||
Sacred Heart's punter kicked a ridiculous 74-yard punt (originated from inside his team's own 10, ball landed inside Saugatuck's 20). I wonder if his field goal kicking is just as good. He also had a punt return for a touchdown and a receiving score too.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Buffalo Billiards > Bailey's||
I live 5 minutes away from Bailey's and have watched a few games there but I have to say the quality of the food and service has gone downhill in the last couple years. I'd rather take the Metro and shlep to Buffalo Billiards where I think overall the atmosphere is just better.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Tears rolled down my face as well||
I had barely gotten about six hours sleep (get off work at 3 a.m., went to bed at about 5), when one of my ex-roommates called me up sounding completely solemn. He asked me if I heard what happened, I said no. All he said was "Bo died" and I just hopped out of bed in disbelief, exclaiming "what??!!" To me, this was like a famliy member dying. Bo meant so much to Michigan, college football and fans--he did things the right way. It was very hard going into work that night all things considering I worked as an online sports producer for one of the national MSM papers (but that ends Sunday).
God bless you, Bo!
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Justin Meram||
He was on the roster last year but I guess decided to focus on soccer...can't blame him since the team's now Big Ten champs.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||You fared better||
Vick's earned 56 points for my main money league fantasy team so far...and I'm still down 15 points. The other guy had a fluke week with Fred Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Matt Schaub and Dwayne Bowe doing their thing.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Redskins' follies rock||
If it wasn't for the maroon jerseys and yellow pants, I'd think I was watching Matt Millen's Lions teams of yester-decade. That's one thing I like about living in the DC area--watching Snyder's team suck hard.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Agreed...||
Couple ways to guess the ESPN thinking here...
1: Sparty, Bucknuts and Badgers win out, and the assumption is MSU gets the tiebreaker (doesn't look likely based on BCS standings I'd think).
2: Bucknuts lose at Iowa, therefore they'll be out of the hunt and Wisconsin and Sparty win out. Thus, MSU wins the tiebreaker and heads to Pasadena.
I'm not sold about Ohio State losing at Iowa...somehow I feel Kirk Ferentz has another late-game coaching brain fart in him this season that'll cost the Hawkeyes. I'm also not sold on Sparty winning out, specifically the last game at Happy Valley. McGloin is not your typical "OMG, DEATH!!!" walk-on QB as we have seen (he fared OK in Columbus at the start until the pick-sixes).
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Cardinal deserve better...||
...If they get stuck going to San Antonio. Heck, that matchup is worthy of a New Year's Day showdown, not a bowl game with the potential of having incompetent Sun Belt officials ruining what could be an offensive funfest.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||The Valley of the Sun...||
...is likely the destination for this team unless they win at least one of the next two games (which would be nice and go a long way to shutting up the anti-RichRod factions). If they beat Wisconsin and/or Ohio State (and perhaps with some help from others), I have a feeling there may be a New Year's Day trip to Jacksonville (Gator Bowl) on the horizon.
Meanwhile, ESPN's projections both have Michigan going to the Insight Bowl (Michigan-Oklahoma from Schlabach , Michigan-Missouri from Adelson).
If they do get to the Insight Bowl, I'm definitely going to try and make it out there for the game.
|6 years 42 weeks ago||A sad state...||
...for pretty much the newspaper industry and journalism as a career. Four years ago today, my Columbia grad classmates and myself celebrated the end of the Fall term with the equivalent of a Winter Ball/Homecoming/Prom type event after busting our asses reporting, writing and, in a broadcast major's case like myself, recording, editing and scripting. I don't think any of us four years ago could foretell what would happen today cause otherwise we would have all gone to law school or something.
In any event, it is the beginning of the end--the good is maybe certain writers people hate will go by the wayside. Even the cream-of-the-crop papers (like the prominent one I work at) are bleeding and I'm pretty sure it's just the beginning. The web is the new way and until the old dogs who refuse to learn new tricks figure it out, the vestiges of times past are going to fall hard one by one.
|6 years 51 weeks ago||Just to clarify...||
I sent this to Brian, but I'd figure I'd let you guys know too...
The purpose of the articles I'm charged with writing are to scour the web and find stuff (blogs, newspapers or otherwise with legit sourcing) on some hot topic going on in college football and use that to drive traffic from paper readership to the web. Unfortunately, USA TODAY doesn't have a college football blog, otherwise a lot of this stuff would be going in there. However, I'd love to write some legit stuff, but let's just say I don't get many writing opportunities.
For those that enjoyed, thanks. Those who think I'm part of the conspiracy sending the media to hell, constructive criticism welcomed.